September 28th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Iran unveils squadrons of flying boats

Iran's Defense Ministry released photos of what it says are its new radar-evading flying boats, the Bavar 2.

Iran unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats on Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

The craft, dubbed the Bavar 2, is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras, according to a report from the Iranian Student News Agency.

Video: Watch boats soar

"Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries which managed to design, build and use flying boats in a short time," said Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, who oversaw the delivering of the aircraft at the Bandar Abbas naval facility on the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz.

The delivery comes as Iran celebrates its Week of Sacred Defense, which commemorates its eight-year-long resistance to the 1980 Iraqi invasion, according to the Fars News Agency.

The flying boats look like one Iran used during Persian Gulf war games in April 2006. Media reports from the time include a video of a flying boat taking off.

After those 2006 reports, bloggers poked fun at Iran’s so-called stealth technology, saying the flying boat looked like something anyone could buy in kit form from mechanical magazine ads.

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  1. freeman

    I want one of these! What a cool day on the lake that would be.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CRzyCanuck

    Wonder if they make them with skis were looking for something to defend our north.Harper should spend money on these instead of the f-35s id feel alot safer.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B. Lonetree

    WOW! They have come a long way from Flying Carpets!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew Page

    Actually the Iranians make a knock off of the F-5. What happened to the crew that made them? The defect or something?

    September 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Veganistic

    anyone thinking this willl pose a serious threat is out of their minds. someone actually said it could be worse than pearl harbor.! LOL! These can do nothing but take pictures while we watch them fly by at 80 mph. They are like our UAV's except bigger, more expensive, less surveillence capabilities, less payload capabilities and have to be manned.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    Well, this certainly changes things...the Pentagon will be requesting urgent funding to counter this grave new threat. I am quite certain the technology needed to counter this could be had for oh, lets say 2 Billion. A nice round figure.

    The Axis of Evil is hard at work we must remain diligent.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Waterboy

    WOW... fortunately the US already has a secret weapon to attack these things. He's Sonic the Hedgehog. He rolls and jumps on the tops of these things and they break apart into a bunch of little bunny rabbits and turtles. Seriously... I hope if they attack the US.. they use these things. I'm pretty sure I could take out a few of them with an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle"... maybe even a super soaker. Anyhow... I got some REAL LAUGHS from the posts here today! Thought I'd add to the fun! Wouldn't be supprised though if the US bought a few thousand and gave them to the DNR... THEN we may have a problem.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nammy

    Gosh , wouldn't that be fun with a Quad 50 and unlimited Ammo.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ron

    Wow!! How cute, all they need to do now is hire Mickey and Goofy to fly them and we'll have a full blow Disney movie!!1

    September 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Das Boot

    There is absolutely nothing stealth about this thing, that massive engine block and swing prop will show up pretty well

    September 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hecep

    Amazing what Iran designed and built in such a short time. The planes look like they took at least a couple of weeks to cook up. Three weeks, tops!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. erky

    Ah, the fear.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mappy 68

    It's neat how they can line up and make an S like a snake

    September 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hector

    I wish I could own one of these. Must be fun to fly.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. VikingBerserker

    I wonder how many box-tops they had to save up to get them?????

    September 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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